When tackling a kitchen renovation the first step is to gather inspiration and overall layout. Being a Designer, I’ve had a whole book (I literally still rip out pages, not just Pin) dedicated to “pretty kitchens” but not all of those work for our layout, budget or overall function. Waterfall marble island with bookmark slabs behind the range? Not this time around.
I’ve always known I wanted a predominately white kitchen. I love the way it looks clean, open, fresh, and modern. We also spend most of our time in the kitchen, so I needed something with warmth, not a hospital vibe.
The main kicker is that this house has a white tile floor. It’s still in great shape, so it’s not time to redo yet. In the words of Project Runway Tim Gun, I heard… “Make it Work!” over and over. That being said, in a few years we probably will put down hardwoods, so I also needed something that would adapt well with new floors. Here are a few inspirations that I pulled when starting to make decisions on the overall concept.
Did I want white counters, or white cabinets? Or be bold to go different with a muddy gray or even a navy cabinet? These are two of my favorite looks as well.
After research I knew in this place I wanted light counters, statement pendant lighting and a sleek cabinet door. Also some brass, lots of brass.
Here’s the layout of the room – a U-shape with an island in the middle. Most kitchens have the sink under the window… looked at moving the sink, but that involved jacking up the floor for plumbing and also moving my working triangle of range and dishwasher. Now I love having the sink in the middle. Easy to access, and when I’m doing dishes, I’m still in the middle of everyone! Next up: Dinner and demo begins.
*** Also – Those of you who follow me on Insta, I’ve created a separate Instagram account for the blog. Follow @laurenjohnsondesign and it will be focused on design and the blog, while the other remains about my tribe. Cheers to the weekend!